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Near New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cumberland Town

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 20, 2017
1. Cumberland Town Marker
Inscription. Richard Littlepage III established Cumberland Town on the south side of the Pamunkey River in 1748. A busy shipping center, the town offered a tobacco inspection station, warehouses, wharves, and a ferry. The Virginia House of Burgesses briefly considered Cumberland Town a candidate to replace Williamsburg as the colonial capital in 1748. During the Revolutionary War, a public supply depot and a military hospital were established here. During the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War, Cumberland was the headquarters of Union Major General George B. McClellan from 13 to 16 May 1862. Nearly 110,000 troops camped here before moving toward White House.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WO-21.)
 
Location. 37° 32.176′ N, 76° 58.775′ W. Marker is near New Kent, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker is on Cumberland Road (County Route 637) 1.5 miles north of New Kent Highway (Virginia Route 249), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Kent VA 23124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. French Cannon at Cumberland Landing (a few steps from this marker); McClellan’s Camp at Cumberland Landing
Cumberland Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 20, 2017
2. Cumberland Town Marker
(a few steps from this marker); John Parke Custis (approx. 1.3 miles away); Martha Washington's Birthplace (approx. 1.3 miles away); James Lafayette (approx. 1.3 miles away); New Kent Courthouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Tale of Three Structures (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Wilson House: Witness to Three Centuries (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Kent.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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